Last night was a first for my husband and me. We’d never, at least not as middle-agers, stood in a line waiting for a movie to begin at 10:30 p.m. But in recent months we’ve become more adventurous. We’ve been stepping outside the box, so to speak. Rather than resort to our nightly ritual, me blogging, and him snoring in front of the TV, we decided to go for some hamburgers, followed by Harry Potter in 3-D. I felt giddy to be out so late, with the younger set. Fortunately, there was no crowd, the line was pretty short, the theatre rather empty for the final episode in a blockbuster series. Perhaps the earlier shows were fuller. No matter, we had a great time. Even better because there were probably less than 80 in attendance. We could all spread out, watching in relaxed comfort. No need to elbow neighbors. I was on an end seat; my husband had no one seated on his other side.
When the show ended, I remarked a couple of times how the 3 main actors had started down this path as middle-schoolers, and now they were all young adults. That’s a long time to have been involved in a project, and one that made them all millionaires. I’m sure they couldn’t have known their amazing, good fortune. Just as J.K. Rowlings couldn’t have known that her fantasy epoch would make her the first billionaire author. Their lives have been as fantastical as the fantasy with which they were all involved. They certainly hit the lottery, big time! But I think we did as well.
It’s a wonder how Rowlings penned a fantasy so rich with twists and turns, and imagery beyond compare, and concocted a phalanx of characters the likes of which boggles the mind. The author seemed to fill every nook and cranny of her unfolding wizard’s world, with details that enriched and enhanced her storytelling. I couldn’t have imagined everything she imagined, not if I tried for a million years. It’s certain she researched some aspects, but it’s more likely she is a creative genius. I think Rowlings has carved out a unique niche in this generation’s literary archive.
We’re indeed fortunate that J.K. Rowlings sat down one day to apply herself to paper. Otherwise a literary rock star might have gone undiscovered. And Harry Potter’s adventures would never have materialized. And what a loss that would have been.
In a recent interview, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, 21-years-old, reportedly said
“I think about being Dad quite a lot, …I can’t wait to have kids.”
So the next time Radcliffe revisits Harry Potter, it may be reading those adventures of a magical boy to his own children.
“I imagine I will,” Radcliffe says, his eyes glistening. “It will be very, very strange, though.”
made me feel like a kid again…hugmamma.
So glad that you had FUN watching the last of the series in 3D. Rowling’s books awed and amazed me too:
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Hagrid, Dumbledore, Snape, Draco Malfoy
Quidditch, Diagon Alley, Etc.
I was just curious. Would you assume that Rowlings’ books were edited considerably before her publisher agreed they could go to market? I guess I don’t know enough about the editing process, and how much control an author has over her work once a publisher gets a hold of it. Could a creative genius like Rowlings have more say than most other authors in whether or not a publisher can make big changes? Regardless, it’s for sure the books are 99.9% all J.K. Rowlings. 🙂
You might be interested in this ~ an interview with the Editor of HP in America:
Very interesting. Took me minutes to read the entire interview. Levine sounds like a nice human being, and he’s right about the stereotypical perception of an editor. One who sits in judgment. Now I understand the process Rowlings went through to get her books published.
thanks tons for the insight… 🙂
I’m so jealous. I haven’t had time to see the movie yet. I’m hoping to see it next weekend. I agree with you, this series is fantastic and kudos to Rowlings for having such a creative mind.
Well you won’t be envying me for too long. The clock’s ticking, and before you know it the weekend will be here. So savor the anticipation, and then settle in for an evening of unsurpassed fantasy with J.K. Rowlings and Harry Potter. Enjoy!!! 🙂
I think that J.K. Rowlings is a creative genius too. Sounds like you and your husband had a nice evening. Did you like the movie?
Loved, loved, loved the movie…especially since it was a date night with hubby. 🙂
Sshhhh, do you know, I’ve never seen Harry Potter – or read any. I know I won’t be, but I hear it’s fun. I just don’t read fiction – or like films. My DH says I’m weird – and do you know what? I don’t care, LOL. Glad you had a good time. It’s good to think outside the box.